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Google+ Reaches 20 Million Users in 2 Weeks

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Google+ Circles

Google+, the new social media startup from the search engine giant, is reported to have reached more than 20 million users a short 2 weeks after opening registration on an invitation-only basis.  According to MSNBC, it took Facebook and Twitter more than 2 years to reach the same level of membership.  However, the startup still has a ways to go to catch up with Facebook’s current 750 million users and Twitter’s 200 million.

Learn more about Google+ in this YouTube video.  If you’re intrigued, you can take an interactive tour and find out about registering on the Google+ website.

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New Look for Twitter

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009


Twitter has unveiled a new home page at Twitter.com. The new page features new branding, with an emphasis on searching and social networking, neatly summed up by the phrase “share and discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world.” A search bar is included on the page, which illustrates that Twitter hopes to make more money from advertisers in the future. The Google model has shown that searching is a way to connect users with advertisers. The new look for Twitter should also help new users navigate through the process of getting starting with tweeting.

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The Downside of Cloud Computing

Sunday, July 19th, 2009


Moving computer data from your local computer to web-hosted applications is known as cloud computing.  There are many advantages to storing your email, photos, calendar, finances and documents online, including automatic backups, increased accessibility and the ability to share.  There are also some disadvantages in moving your personal data to web-hosted storage.   These may not be immediately apparent, so here’s a list:

  • A search warrant isn’t required for government access to your data.  Maybe this doesn’t bother you, but it’s still something to consider.

  • Weak security systems may make your data vulnerable.  This was recently seen when TechCrunch.com accessed and published internal Twitter information from documents stored on the Google Docs app.  Access to the documents was provided by a hacker who obtained a password through an employee’s email account.

  • Third-party ability to lock up your data or access it.   Many web-hosting apps have stipulations about how much of your data you can access or when you can access it.  Some of your data may even be accessed for marketing purposes.

  • Server unavailability.  You always run the risk of having a third-party server go down when you need to access your data.

  • All of these concerns may seem minor when weighed against the convenience of having your data backed up and available online. All the same, it’s a good idea to look at the downside before jumping onto the cloud.  See this article on LifeHacker for more information.

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